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Ridge "Geyserville" Zinfandel 2008 (Geyserville, Sonoma County, California) - Robert Parker [90-92]
Ridge "Geyserville" Zinfandel 2008 (Geyserville, Sonoma County, California) - Robert Parker [90-92]


 
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Winery: Ridge Vineyards
Varietal: 72% Zin; 20% Carignane; 18% Petit. Sirah; 2% Matar
Region: Geyserville, Sonoma County, California
Vintage: 2008
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: RIDGEGEYSERVILLEZIN08-W

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Notes from the Winemaker:

2008 Geyserville
72% ZINFANDEL, 20% CARIGNANE, 6% PETITE SIRAH, 2% MATARO (MOURVEDRE)
bottled January 2010

Barrel: 100% air-dried american oak barrels (20% new, 31% one to two years old, 49% four to five years old.)
Aging: Fourteen months in barrel

Two consecutive years of limited rainfall challenged the growing season, but because yields were low, the vines escaped serious water stress. Sampling began in mid-August, showing ripeness on track for a month-long September harvest. In tank, color and tannin extraction was unusually rapid, as were uninoculated primary fermentations. We reduced pump-overs and pressed early, avoiding harsher tannins. Zinfandel and carignane showed exceptional quality, and form the core of the blend. (Wines from the petite sirah parcels were too tannic; the six percent included comes from a field-blend.) Natural secondary fermentation finished quickly, and we could rack to barrel a month ahead of schedule. Twenty percent new oak adds exotic spice. Superb concentration and firm acid will allow this fine zinfandel to develop over the next ten to fifteen years. EB (11/09)

Ridge has made the Geyserville as a single-site zinfandel in every year since 1966. The grapes are grown in three adjoining vineyards on a defined stretch of gravelly soil approximately one-and-aquarter miles long and a half-mile wide.


Ratings / Reviews:

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - 90-92 Points:
"The 2008 Geyserville Proprietary Red (72% Zinfandel, 20% Carignan, and the rest Petite Sirah, Mataro, and Mourvedre; 14.8% alcohol) exhibits a dense ruby/purple color along with lots of glycerin, blue and black fruits, pepper, and incense. This rich, fleshy 2008 may turn out to be more juicy and succulent than the 2007. It should last for 7-8 years."
-Robert Parker (2/10)



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